BMW has prepared its customers for its exotic i8 plug-in hybrid and pure electric i3 for quite a while now. However, for more mainstream electric power appeal, it now plans to present an electrically augmented SUV, the X5 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) it is going to reveal on the New York auto show.
The BMW Concept X5 eDrive uses a 95-hp electric motor sandwiched between the engine and the eight-speed automatic transmission in place of a standard torque converter. Instead of BMW’s lineup of powerful six-cylinder engines present in other X5s, this one utilizes a turbocharged 2.-liter four-cylinder engine, putting out 245 hp.
BMW claims a maximum electric range in E-mode of 15 to 20 miles, which it says will cover 80 percent of X5 drivers’ daily trips. BMW says its target is 40 MPGe, although it’s premature to rate the X5 PHEV’s fuel economy. Keep in mind that boosting fuel economy in the gas hog saves more fuel than squeezing every last drop out of an econobox if the idea of a plug-in hybrid SUV appears like ordering Diet Coke with the Whopper.
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The X5 eDrive’s big 9 kWh battery pack occupies the space where some X5s have their third-row seat, so the X5 PHEV will be available only as being a five seater. The battery also raises the cargo floor about an inch higher than in other X5s. It adds about 500 pounds for a total around 5,000 pounds, BMW says. Using a conventional transmission, it will retain a towing capacity of 4,000 to 5,000 pounds.
The X5 eDrive utilizes a 3.3-kW onboard charger, which can fully recharge battery on standard household 120v current within eight hours, or four hours utilizing a 240-volt, Level 2 electric car charger.
The X5 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) has as many as nine driving modes; It has BMW’s now ubiquitousSport and luxury, and Eco Pro modes, which govern drivetrain and other performance parameters, and also Normal, Max E-drive, and E-mode that govern the hybrid system.
In Comfort and Normal modes, the X5 eDrive operates such as an ordinary hybrid, starting off on electric power as much as as much as 42 mph, as long as you don’t dip too hard in the accelerator. Then it starts the gas engine to provide more power. By boosting electric power, Eco Pro Max and mode eDrive maximize fuel efficiency. E-mode is for use within cities where internal combustion driving will not be allowed or is superfluous, plus it gives this X5 a top-notch speed of about 74 mph in electric mode. Additionally, it offers a Save Battery mode, if you want to save a full battery charge for later use. In Sport mode, the electric drivetrain can’t power the car alone and is only used like a power booster, giving the auto a total of 270 hp and 300 lb.-ft. of torque. Like other BMWs, the car reverts to Comfort mode with every restart.
In case you have a destination mapped, where topographic GPS mapping data is available in Europe, the drivetrain will get accustomed to upcoming terrain. So, if this knows you will discover a descent coming where it might recharge using regenerative braking, it will drain the battery more climbing hills. It is the first plug-in hybrid that will partially recharge the battery on the fly, when it strategically determines that doing so won’t hurt fuel economy.
BMW emphasizes the Concept X5 eDrive is really a concept, but says it can definitely go deep into production and also be launched “worldwide,” sometime after 2014. BMW representatives say to expect pricing in the neighborhood of a high-end X5, or between $70,000 and $80,000.